CASI Pharmaceuticals Announces Partner Juventas Completion Of Series C Financing Of $63 Million (RMB410 Million) For Acceleration Of CNCT19 Pivotal Trials And Commercialization
ROCKVILLE, Md. and BEIJING, Oct. 25, 2021 - CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASI), a U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics and pharmaceutical products, today reported that Juventas Cell Therapy Ltd. (“Juventas”) has completed a Series C financing round through which it raised more than RMB410 million (approximately $63 million (USD)). Juventas states that the funds will be used to pursue a new drug application in China and launch implementation of a commercialization and international research and development plan for CNCT19.
CASI shares global co-commercial and profit-sharing rights with Juventas and indirectly owns a 12.0098% equity stake in Juventas on a fully diluted basis following completion of the Series C financing round. The Juventas’ financing was led by CICC Capital.
Dr. Wei-Wu He, CEO and Chairman of CASI comments: “CASI, through its commercialization of Evomela in China, has built a robust commercial team in the hematology-oncology market. Juventas is a leading cell therapy innovator in China. The collaboration between CASI and Juventas will speed up the adoption of CAR-T therapy in China, helping thousands of patients in need of this breakthrough therapy.”
CNCT19 targets CD19, a B-cell surface protein widely expressed during all phases of B-cell development and a validated target for B-cell driven hematological malignancies. CD19- targeted CAR constructs from several different institutions have demonstrated consistently high antitumor efficacy in children and adults with relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL). CD19 antigen is the most frequently used target in the CAR-T cell therapy clinical trials for hematological malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma. Juventas is responsible for the development of CNCT19. CASI and Juventas will co-commercialize CNCT19 under the direction of the program’s joint steering committee.
Juventas Cell Therapy Ltd. is an innovative cell therapy company with headquarters located in Tianjin City, China. The company’s lead product, CNCT19 (CD19 CAR-T), was originally created at the Institute of Hematology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, one of the top hematology centers in China. CD19 CAR-T is used to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Juventas’ pipeline also includes a pre-IND CD19/CD20 CAR-T that is currently in pre-IND development for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, along with other cellular-based products in preclinical and exploratory studies.
About CASI Pharmaceuticals
CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics and pharmaceutical products in China, the United States, and throughout the world. The Company is focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing products that augment its hematology-oncology therapeutic focus as well as other areas of unmet medical need. The Company intends to execute its plan to become a leader by launching medicines in the greater China market leveraging the Company’s China-based regulatory and commercial competencies and its global drug development expertise. The Company’s operations in China are conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary, CASI Pharmaceuticals (China) Co., Ltd., which is located in Beijing, China. The Company has built a commercial team of over 80 hematology and oncology sales and marketing specialists based in China. More information on CASI is available at www.casipharmaceuticals.com.
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